01/02/2012 - The Racecar Euroseries, which recently gained
affiliation with NASCAR, held a media day at Brands Hatch on Friday
27 January to officially launch their new season and prepare for
their second visit to the venue, supporting DTM at the Kent circuit
The championship is the first category outside of America to be
officially linked with NASCAR, something Racecar Euroseries CEO
Jerome Galpin is excited about: "It's amazing to have got the
affiliation and we are really excited to bring a NASCAR series to
Brands Hatch in May.
"We started in 2009 as a French series and around 80% of our
drivers are French. Now we are presenting ourselves to other
countries to get more European drivers - we had a boost at the
Autosport show - and we've made a special presentation to English
media and drivers joining us today to hopefully get more people
involved in our series."
The overall champion of the series will also be rewarded with a
one-off drive Stateside, meaning when the teams and drivers return
to Brands Hatch in May, they will be going all out to secure the
prestigious prize: "We are now the official doorstep for European
drivers to race in NASCAR and our champion will win a race in
NASCAR which means they will get great recognition. We hope to
further develop this channel into NASCAR and send more and develop
more European drivers."
Galpin also enthused about the Brands Hatch circuit: "I really
like this track. It has a lot of history and the Indy track is very
challenging for our drivers and has a typically British atmosphere!
I really like the place and all the people here and you have a
great organisation with very professional people, we get a great
welcome and we're more than happy to come back here."
Several familiar luminaries, including BTCC drivers Andrew
Jordan and Shaun Hollamby, had time behind the wheel to experience
the V8-powered machines. MSVR's Competition Secretary Alex Shaw was
also on hand to test drive one of the cars, the vehicle used by
Jenson Button at the recent Race of Champions. Shaw is more adept
at racing Ford Fiestas, but said: "They're fantastic cars! There's
so much power but they're also quite heavy so you're coming into
the corner and wondering if it's going to stop. Then on the exit of
the corner you try and put the power down and the rear end is
coming round on you, so a real challenge to drive but also really
fun and I had a whale of a time out there!"
The Racecar Euroseries supports the DTM at Brands Hatch
on 18-20 May. For more information and to book tickets call 0843
453 9000 or click this